“All great athletes have a mental switch, and it should be your goal to get one too.
Think of a light switch in your house. You flip it, and the lights turn on. Pretty simple, right? Well, a mental switch is in your brain. When you flip it, your mind goes to a state of perfect concentration, intensity, and confidence. The most experienced athletes usually have really effective, powerful mental switches. They can make themselves internally sharp with a snap of their fingers, just by recognizing that they’ve got a job to do and it’s time to get it on. They can be having a conversation and maybe a few laughs, and in a matter of a few seconds they’re ready to rock and roll. They recognize the task in front of them and apply the right level of inner strength to it. Then, after they’ve taken care of business, they can flip the switch off and relax.” -Matt Foreman, Catalyst Athletic’s Performance Menu
How can I achieve this mental switch? Or how can I maintain this mental switch after a miss or injury? By adapting mental training into your program. There are a lot of people in the cyber world who talk about sport psychology or the mental side of training. Some have good suggestions and others do not have the right information to help athletes succeed because of their lack of knowledge and education on the subject. I want to help you with the proper education on how to become the most effective mentally prepared athlete you are capable of being. I have my master’s in sport psychology and have worked with many athletes on their mental performance. I have the correct tools and experience to make sure you are being properly helped.
What is sport psychology? The scientific study of people and their behaviors in sport and the practical application of that knowledge (Weinberg & Gould, 2007); it’s how we optimize the mental factors of human performance. Sport psychology deals with increasing athletic performance by teaching important mental skills.
What are mental skills? Mental skills are psychological strategies that have the ability to help athletes compete in their top performance.
In the sport of weightlifting the mental skills that can help an atathlete compete at the best of their ability are:
- Goal Setting
- Set Routines
The list of mental skills above are not in any particular order of importance as all are needed to develop a mentally prepared athlete. There are many other specific topics/issues that may be hindering an athlete’s performance and those specific topics/issues are an umbrella under the six mental skills above. For example, the topic of arousal control can fall under self-talk, imagery, focus and relaxation. Depending on the performance issue a specific mental skill or skills can be used.
Contact Coach Sean if you would like to set up a meeting and discover how you can adapt mental training into your program. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
I will be writing future blogs on specific mental skills training topics and sharing articles and exercises that I believe will benefit your progress in the sport of weightlifting.